Alpine migrants favor Douglas
February 7, 2014
More than a third of Alpine County’s population moved away over five years during the worst of the Great Recession.
According to figures released by the U.S. Census on Thursday, 561 people moved away from the county while only 102 took their place between 2007 and 2011.
More than half, 223, left California’s least populated county for Douglas County.
The U.S. Census flows mapper allows migration comparisons for counties throughout the United States.
The most prosperous Douglas County migrants, those households making $150,000 or more a year, are moving here from Washoe, El Dorado, Mono and Los Angeles counties.
Douglas County lost 103 of its most prosperous residents to Clark County over the five years ending in 2011. Fortunately there were plenty more coming into the county, with 170 people with a household income of $150,000 or more a year coming from Washoe County.
Douglas experienced a slight brain drain during the five years, according to census figures.
The county had a net loss in residents with bachelor’s degrees, with 128 leaving for Washoe County, while picking up 21 from Southern California.
The county lost two-dozen residents with graduate or professional degrees to Washoe County, but gained 25 from San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties.
Destinations for people moving out of Douglas County focused on Clark and Washoe counties with more than 500 people.
Within the state, Douglas attracted 282 residents from Lyon County and 71 from Churchill County.
California was both a source and destination for Douglas County transplants, with 106 people moving to El Dorado County and 85 to Santa Clara County.